Call for Entry Details• Oakville, Ontario
Deadline: April 30, 2018
The World of Threads Festival is a leading international showcase of contemporary fibre and textile art. We are a not-for-profit initiative with charitable status run by a couple of dedicated volunteers. The Festival is ambitious and constantly expanding into new territory. We believe that some of the most exciting and compelling artwork being made today is happening in the field of fibre arts. Through our initiatives we have discovered some remarkable artists and brought them to the attention of Canadian and international audiences.
We began in Oakville, Ontario in 1994 as a single exhibition, expanding to a full festival in 1998 and becoming international in 2009. Festival 2016 had 315 artworks by 134 artists from 23 countries. The festival draws visitors from across the region and internationally and has featured work submitted by hundreds of artists from around the world. Festival 2016 attracted more than 60,000 visitors. In 2015 Dawne Rudman and Gareth Bate won the Oakville Arts Council 2015 Community Impact Arts Award, for bringing global attention to Oakville and elevating the fibre/textile art form around the world.
We are open to artists from all countries.
We encourage submissions from Indigenous artists, ethnic minorities, and LGBTQ.
All artwork must have been made after March 2016 (the date of our last call for submissions)
Galleries for 2018 exhibitions:
Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre, Oakville
- The Gallery: This beautiful space is our principle gallery. We will be mounting a major group exhibition based on the submissions we receive. This exhibition will be from October 13 – November 25, 2018.
- The Display Area: This large open gallery can be used for wall works, sculptural pieces and installations. This exhibition will be from October 13 – December 31, 2018.
- The Corridor Galleries: We will again be mounting SOLO shows in the Corridor Galleries. This is why we are encouraging artists to submit full bodies of work. We plan to dedicate entire hallways to individual artists. These exhibits will be from October 13 – December 31, 2018.
- Public Spaces: The facility has many open public spaces where we plan to exhibit installation work. These exhibits will be from October 13 – December 31, 2018.
- Opening Reception: October 20, 2018
Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre
2302 Bridge Rd.